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  • Climate change effects, solutions to be discussed on WPSU’s 'Conversations LIVE'
    Fri, 01/20/2017 - 09:00
    Renowned climate change experts and Penn State professors Richard Alley and Michael Mann will discuss the effects of human-caused climate change and take viewers' questions during the next episode of WPSU Penn State's "Conversations LIVE" at 8 p.m. on Jan. 26.
  • Fulbright takes researcher to Sweden to study new transistor materials
    Thu, 01/19/2017 - 12:29
    Joan Redwing, Penn State professor of materials science and engineering, chemical engineering, and electrical engineering, spent time at Lund University in Sweden as part of the Fulbright Scholar Program, through which she conducted research into semiconductor materials that could be used to power cell phones, laptops and other electronic devices in the future.
  • Recent EMS alums serve as undergraduate poster exhibition judges
    Wed, 01/18/2017 - 16:13
    Annie Tamalavage and Marla Korpar, both 2013 EMS graduates, were among a handful of judges who returned to Penn State’s University Park campus to serve as judges for the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ (EMS) Undergraduate Poster Exhibition.
  • The effects of melting glaciers on tropical communities
    Mon, 01/16/2017 - 08:16
    A Penn State professor is researching the trickle-down effects that melting tropical glaciers have on food security and biodiversity, and what regional communities, like Cusco and Huaraz in Peru, can do about it.
  • Conservation practices may leave African indigenous populations behind
    Mon, 01/16/2017 - 08:16
    Conservation and logging groups in Central and West Africa are failing to fully incorporate local concerns into management, marginalizing the livelihoods of the local population, according to Nathan Clay, doctoral candidate in geography, Penn State.
  • Project to develop computational tools for coupled human-natural systems
    Tue, 01/10/2017 - 13:21
    Penn State researchers have received a $20 million, five-year project with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) looks to create a state-of-the-art framework of computational tools that will help to assess the impacts of weather-related variability and change.
  • Free public science minicourse starts on Jan. 21
    Mon, 01/09/2017 - 13:47
    "The Quest for One Healthy Planet" is the 2017 theme of the annual Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science -- a free public minicourse that does not require registration or exams. The lectures take place on six consecutive Saturday mornings beginning at 11 a.m. in 100 Thomas Building on the University Park campus.
  • EMS alumnus turns study abroad venture into career in sustainability education
    Mon, 01/09/2017 - 09:07
    Adam Phoebe, a 2012 Penn State energy engineering graduate, is director of global operations for the Global Renewable Energy Education Network or GREEN program, a position he obtained after first becoming a student ambassador for the program.
  • Sukyoung Lee named Ryan Faculty Fellow in College of EMS
    Fri, 01/06/2017 - 12:26
    Sukyoung Lee, professor of meteorology and atmospheric science at Penn State, has been named the John T. Ryan Jr. Faculty Fellow in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. The fellowship is awarded to outstanding faculty to further their contributions in teaching, research and public service.
  • South American fossil tomatillos show nightshades evolved earlier than thought
    Thu, 01/05/2017 - 14:02
    Delicate fossil remains of tomatillos found in Patagonia, Argentina, show that this branch of the economically important family that also includes potatoes, peppers, tobacco, petunias and tomatoes existed 52 million years ago, long before the dates previously ascribed to these species, according to an international team of scientists.
  • New approach captures the energy of slow motion
    Wed, 12/21/2016 - 09:14
    A new concept in energy harvesting could capture energy currently wasted due to its characteristic low frequency and use it to power next-generation electronic devices, according to a team of Penn State materials scientists and electrical engineers.
  • University Park fall commencement ceremonies to be live streamed
    Fri, 12/16/2016 - 10:50
    Because inclement weather may cause travel issues for those seeking to attend this weekend’s commencement exercises at the University Park campus, Penn State will be live streaming the ceremonies.
  • Research on nuclear waste storage in glass takes top prize at poster exhibition
    Wed, 12/14/2016 - 16:20
    Collin Smyth shined with a $500 first place finish for his poster titled “Single-Pass Flow-Through Corrosion of Calcium Aluminosilicate Glass Powder” at the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ (EMS) fifth annual Undergraduate Poster Exhibition held on Nov. 30, but the path to success was months in the making.
  • Research on nuclear waste storage in glass takes top prize at poster exhibition
    Wed, 12/14/2016 - 16:20
    Collin Smyth shined with a $500 first place finish for his poster titled “Single-Pass Flow-Through Corrosion of Calcium Aluminosilicate Glass Powder” at the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ (EMS) fifth annual Undergraduate Poster Exhibition held on Nov. 30, but the path to success was months in the making.
  • Thrower’s gift to help Penn State students build research ties with Cambridge
    Tue, 12/13/2016 - 16:40
    Peter and Carol Thrower will be helping Penn State graduate students conduct research at Cambridge University through the Thrower Endowed Program Fund for Cambridge Studies in Materials Science and Engineering.
  • Penn State announces fall 2016 commencement events and speakers
    Tue, 12/13/2016 - 14:12
    This fall approximately 5,247 Penn State students will receive their diplomas. University-wide there will be 252 associate, 3,936 baccalaureate, 762 master's, 11 law and 286 doctoral degrees awarded. Following is a compilation of commencement ceremonies and speaker information for Penn State's 24 locations.
  • Rice named fall student marshal for the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
    Mon, 12/12/2016 - 15:57
    Brent Tyler Rice has been named the student marshal for the the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences' fall 2016 commencement ceremony,set for 9 a.m. Dec. 17 at the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus. Rice selected Jon Michael Nese, senior lecturer and associate head for undergraduate programs in the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science to escort him as the college’s faculty marshal.
  • Dean of EMS tapped for NSF post
    Fri, 12/09/2016 - 11:55
    The National Science Foundation has named William E. Easterling III, professor of geography and dean of Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS), to serve as director for the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) in Washington D.C., which supports fundamental research spanning the atmospheric, earth, ocean and polar sciences.
  • Energy engineering design projects wanted
    Thu, 12/08/2016 - 09:00

    Students in the energy engineering program finish their studies with an engineering design course in which they work with industry and alumni partners on real-world projects. We are seeking alumni and industry partners to sponsor a project this spring. The project provides companies an opportunity to help students and work with graduating seniors who may be potential recruits. The deadline to submit a project is December 16. Learn more about the project on Penn State's Learning Factory website.

  • Big data approach to water quality applied at shale drilling sites
    Wed, 12/07/2016 - 10:08
    A computer program is diving deep into water quality data from Pennsylvania, helping scientists detect potential environmental impacts of Marcellus Shale gas drilling.

VOICES of Our College:  Earth and Mineral Sciences
The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences celebrates its rich heritage and tradition of excellence through sharing the spoken words of the people who have influenced our history. The compelling accounts of their experiences, hopes, and visions for our future demonstrate the power of stories to engage us and spur us to actively participate in shaping the next generation of our graduates. Be inspired and entertained as you listen to the stories of both past and present people of EMS! You'll find audio files and view photographs of current students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends. Discover how the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences has built a community dedicated to teaching, research, and service, to industry and society.  <<Listen to the VOICES of EMS>>

 

Penn State Faculty:  The Experience of Online Teaching
The World Campus has produced a great video that features Penn State faculty (Sarma Pisupati, Associate Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering) discussing their experience of online teaching.  These faculty stories illustrate the variety of course types, instructional design models and levels of faculty engagement in World Campus courses. <<VIEW VIDEO>>

 

Penn State:  Inspiring Researchers
In research, small breakthroughs can make big impacts . . . impacts that can save lives.  Jim Adair and his team at Penn State are transforming the way we treat and detect cancer . . . <<VIEW VIDEO>>

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